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How did you be interested in your job?

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Nicole’s Answer

Hi Roland G. I see that you posted this question a little while ago so I hope my answer to you (or others who may read this response) is still helpful.

My job has changed quite a bit since I graduated from college. In fact, I think there is a point at which an individual can switch from using the word "job" to using the word "career". For sure, most of us need a job because we need funding ($$ :)) but if we are lucky, we also get a chance to shape our careers, which to me, is the path that an individual carves out for how they want to influence the type of work they get to participate in.

I make this distinction between job and career because in answering your question, I acknowledge for myself that my interest was in engineering because of it's fundamental attachment to problem solving and my desire to understand how things work (and how you can learn when things don't work). What I knew in my high school years (and still know now) is that I have an inquisitive and analytical mind. I walk around with lots of "whys" in my brain :). Knowing this about myself, I was drawn to the idea that I could get a job, build a career and earn a salary that would support how I want to work and live. Getting a job, building a career, building your skill set...these are all things that take time and require focus but can be very rewarding and can assist in ensuring that overtime, one maintains interest in their work.

Hope you find this answer helpful. Best of luck to you!
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Geeniya’s Answer

Hello Roland, I'm Geeniya and I'm currently working as a Services Consulting Engineer in Cisco. I understand that choosing a job for yourself which might later shape your future can be a tricky task but there are a few areas on which you can focus and decide for yourself that will I be interested in continuing my job or not. The first aspect is to really understand the job description. Ask yourself a question is this something I want to do or I'm passionate about. Second you need to identify if there are some other activities which you might like to do in your free time or which could involve your peers, for example, there might be few clubs or groups in your work environment which you might be interested to be a part of, examples, any literary clubs or a sports club or a social group. Your inclination towards you work would increase if you invest time in other opportunities available in your work environment. At last I would like to conclude by saying that if you feel that you would be interesting in a particular job, go for it because there is no other way to find out.

Good Luck with your future,

With Best Regards,

Geeniya Kaushal

Geeniya recommends the following next steps:

Make a pro con list when you have to decide between jobs, keep in mind all the additional benefits which might be included in the job description.
Ask your friends and colleagues if they are in the same field of work about their experiences.
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Saurabh’s Answer

I would say first of all find out what do you want to do in your life - which domain industry you want to further pursue your career - always be mindful of both vertical and horizontal growth. Similarly, you also need to know how good is your leadership team or management team - there is a famous saying "You join company but you leave manager" so regardless of type of work/ industry, it is very important to have a good manager, who supports you and always challenges, motivates and inspires you. You are in your dream job or company and if you have terrible manager then it is very hard to stay motivated and enthusiastic. So having a great management team (immediate manager) and leadership team is I believe is what keeps my job alive and my motivation keep going. It's up to you to make and sustain your work interesting, whether its talking with friends from other teams, or participating in several activities such as games, talk series, Townhalls, Young Professionals, Sports Clubs, and many mores.

With new normal of working from home, it is very much challenging but has tons of opportunities to stay connected even virtually - having occasional social hour whether you just talk - share thoughts - conduct some online activities - know your team members. I have always leaned and done that sometimes you have to step up and think for yourself on keeping yourself interested.

Good luck!! Cheers!!
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